Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, Paris discussed on Monocle 24: The Urbanist
You're listening to Monaco. Does the finest I program all about the cities we live in. I'm Angie talk coming up on the program. At building an inclusive green economy were ensuring prosperity for everyone and that actually what we do as a municipal government we need to lead by example the new green deal. We hear about to every week on the news so this week we decided to unpack this bowl. Proposal is all about how it wants to tackle both inequality and climate change at the same time we're in Los Angeles to explore the plans of Eric Garcetti. <hes> pity meet one of the co-authors of the original green new deal published in the U._K.. Over ten years ago and head over to New York for the state governor has just passed climate action bill all of his own plus what roads architects play lake in its discussion that coming up right here on the urban est with me so welcome to this week's this program ever since Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement is fallen upon city and state leaders to fight the climate crisis head on in the weeks months followed announcement. We saw a mobilization of leaders across the country committing honoring the ambitious goals of the deal. I'm progressive. Politicians have also been getting behind the notion of a green new deal that looks to fix the economy and protect the environment to is named takes inspiration Gratien from Roosevelt's new deal that helped pull the U._s. out of depression. The idea of for modern green version has gathered pace since gaining support of Progressive Democrats One U._S. City that has been at the heart of the debate is is Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti has created a climate emergency mobilization department and the first Climate Emergency Commission in the world and back in April. He announced his green you deal for his city setting in Los Angeles on the course to be carbon neutral by twenty fifty and driving. The implementation of this plan is the city's chief Sustainability Officer Lauren Favor O'Connor Monaco's bureau correspondent in Los Angeles Collado Roberta calls out with Lauren on the sidelines of the L. A. Design Festival to understand how the city got to this point and what lies ahead for better or worse. We were ready on the day. We knew that this was the big announcement that president isn't trump was making back on June first two thousand seventeen but who's counting and instead of crying in a corner and being so frustrated with the world around us mayor Garcetti decided he needed to move into action and the moment that announcement was made think he was really the first public figure to come out and say that if the president is out were still in I'm going to be working with my counterparts. My peers around the country to show that America has not turned its back on the international community and so we went out that day with a statement of network that mayor Garcetti created back in two thousand fourteen to really support what the administration was doing under the Obama administration than sixty mayors on the day came out and said we will uphold the Paris climate agreement by the end of that day our membership and climate mayors doubled and by the end of that week our membership in climate mares quadrupled and now we're four four hundred twenty-five climate mayors across forty eight out of fifty states representing seventy one million Americans are saying we're upholding the Paris climate agreement and so no there was no question in megacities mind what we needed to do and it just shows so you know regardless of you've federal government policies if you've truly don't identify with it does another way around it now. Another thing you mentioned was this idea of every citizen here in Los Angeles have access to be part of the green economy deal. You get a lot of community I._T.. Pushback I guess people saying you know what yes there's all. These incentives and interior is all great but I simply cannot afford it because it is a long-term investment or has city hall made it easier for people to actually join said economy me you know it's been really interesting and exciting the reaction that we've been getting from communities across the city we actually hear from communities and families and not the were asking them to but that they'd be willing to pay more for to be able to access more recycling or solar on their roof for all these things they'd be willing to do it because they know that it's going to pay off in the end and that's what we're asking because actually we have programs in place to enable them them to be paid to put solar on their roof or to work with us to improve the amount of food recovery that we do in homes and businesses so we're not asking this to come at a cost of people but we're see that there's there's such urgency in the minds of our families across Los Angeles that they're willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in their children's lives now. That's not across the board. It's not all nirvana right. There are people that are genuinely concerned an anxious about the changes that we need to make people are concerned for their jobs that they're in the current fossil fuel industry and we have to be really intentional about how we help people through that transition. It's not overnight but it is a transition and we do have since we are setting these goals as we have the ability to help you part of that transition. There are people that are concerned that were maybe asking them to get out of their car and to take public transit or to take shared vehicles that are electric themselves that may be the case in some places but it also also as people start to take on these new habits they see their improvement in.